You can't watch series based or inspired on true events -- as true as we can get from our extremely-unreliable main-stream media -- without letting yourself be transported by the fictional aspects of the production. This series does just that. Once you get over the "did he really do that" and the "did she actually say the other," when you fully immerse yourself in the story you're being presented regardless of how much of it is fiction or not, "The Assets" is an incredibly well-crafted story. It grows on you, and it gets much better towards the last episodes. This truly is one the best spy serials I've seen, although it's no match to Homeland and The Americans. Forgiving Sandy's relationship with her husband which gets a tad mushy at times, she's the wonderfully complex type of woman you can't help cheering and rooting for in her quest to find "the mole." The mole himself also plays an incredible character -- extremely believable in his devil-guided workings and sleepless nights.
Getting back to my initial thoughts above, if we think that our soup-letter institutions are only as inept, blind, evil, bureaucratic, and corrupt as the glorious CIA is in "The Assets," we might be in for a large surprise. In the real world of secretive military institutions and evil politicians, things are probably much, much uglier.
nice short show to get in to